NFL: Past vs. Future?

Ben Mandell, Co-Sports Editor

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The talk of the sports world lately has been, “Can you bet against the G.O.A.T.?” As we inch closer to Super Bowl Sunday, fans of the NFL are eager to see if the league’s new “Golden Boy,” Sean McVay, and the Rams can prevent Tom Brady from getting his sixth ring.

Brady has made it hard for people to argue his legacy as the greatest quarterback of all time, as he appears in his ninth Super Bowl. He has helped turn the New England Patriots into the league’s most successful dynasty.

Brady and the Patriots have been overlooked this season, as everyone continued to count them out because this team has been viewed as the worst supporting cast Brady has played with. His best weapons in previous seasons, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, appeared to be aging quickly. The defense is one of the worst the team has had under head coach Bill Belichick, and Brady appeared to be too old to carry a team as well.

All of that went out the window when New England blew past the Chargers, a team people viewed to have the best roster in the league. They then traveled to Kansas City where Brady outdueled likely MVP Patrick Mahomes. Edelman and Gronkowski had huge games and made big plays when it mattered to push the Patriots past into another Super Bowl.

The Rams now step into the gauntlet, suggesting that McVay and his young quarterback Jared Goff, a former number one pick, are the future of the league. The Rams hired McVay and it raised a lot of eyebrows because of his young age. McVay turned 32 last week, making him noticeably the youngest head coach in the league.

McVay’s success with Los Angeles has been so impressive that teams around the league are hiring anyone who has been  associated with him on the football field. He has proven to be an offensive genius and the Rams are now a hot topic around the league.

McVay and his success have come from the outstanding play of Goff, and one of the league’s top playmakers Todd Gurley. Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks have also emerged as threats at the wide receiver position, and McVay’s innovative thinking has teams constantly guessing how the Rams will attack them.

Belichick is still viewed as the league’s best coach and his game plans for both the Chargers’ and Chiefs’ games have shown that he can out-coach anyone. “The Patriot-way” has proven to still work, but McVay and company are trying to make a statement. The Rams are trying to create a dynasty of their own. They think they have the coach and the quarterback to do it, now it’s time to take the next step and dethrone the Pats.

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